The Meeting of Experts on Border Infrastructure Concludes with more pledges of Cross Border Collaboration

The meeting of experts on border infrastructure under the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project  which brought together DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and development partners (WB and TMEA) was held at Rubavu, Rwanda, from 09th to 11th December, 2019. The meeting was supported by the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP). The purpose of this meeting, was to bring together border infrastructure experts and senior officials to a shared platform to discuss and share plans and designs for common border crossings, exchange information on best practices and challenges facing construction and management of border infrastructure.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Richard NIWENSHUTI, the SPIU Coordinator, Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Rwanda and co-chaired by Mr. Millan BONDENGA LOOLA, the Advisor to the Minister of External Trade of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mr. David Kiiza, The Senior Industry Officer and Component Manager (Representative of the Project Coordinator), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of the Republic of Uganda.

The meeting addressed key issues affecting the implementation common border infrastructure and these include; Issues slowing down  implementation of the infrastructure components  in each country identified and solutions proposed; Designs/plans for common border crossings shared and harmonized; Capacity-building/technical assistance  and coordination support from COMESA Secretariat  and development partners required by project countries identified and Action plan for enhanced implementation of the infrastructure and related project components developed.